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Watching a preschooler with their first Pop-Up book: Lots of Bots! A Counting pop-up book

Do you remember your favorite popup books from childhood? My grandparents gave me a version of Hansel and Gretel before my grandfather died and I can recall opening and closing the page with the witch and the oven door. I remember wearing out that book until finally letting it go. Instead of hoarding my pop-up books at school, I willingly share them with students and hope that I help them gain that sense of wonder that reading a pop-up book can bring.

There is always a risk when sharing pop-up books, so please forgive me David A. Carter and Noelle Carter, but I shared LOTS OF BOTS! A Counting Pop-Up Book with my friend’s son Noah

this weekend. I tried to snap some photos as he helped me unwrap the book and opened the first page, but he couldn’t hold still. We read and explored the book, re-read to catch all the words, and re-read for over two hours. Noah carried this book with him throughout the house, into the backyard to read it to the dogs while he sat in the swing, to the garage where friend Steve worked as a carpenter (while pointing out the carpenter bots), to the driveway where Ken changed oil in the car, and finally to his chair where he collapsed with exhaustion. When his mother came to pick him up, Noah clutched his book to his chest to make sure no one took it away.

Unfortunately Noah did dismantle three little parts of the book (including the propeller from this picture), but his mother kept telling him she’d glue the pieces back on. He loved watching that propeller spin.

There are several interesting blog posts and video trailers including Trailer Tuesday by Miss Mary Liberry and Random House’s youtube video. If you pause at the page of toothbrushing bots at 18 seconds into the RH trailer, you’ll see these adorable bots brushing the teeth. Noah was so entranced he put his mouth by the pages to see if they’d brush his teeth. Only one casualty resulted from that and he DID learn that we don’t eat books or put our mouth germs on books. Instead I  told him the story of the Gingerbread Man and he shared my gingerbread cookie that my Secret Santa gave me.

I knew our reading together was a success when he asked his if he could bring his own book back next time to read.

Random House Children’s Books released the companion app Bot Garage for iPad, IPhone and iPod, but there was no droid app so I couldn’t play Bot Garage with Noah. Instead I had to rely on the reviews from several of my adult friends who enjoy creating their own bots. For only $0.99 I was poised to purchase. I read the SLJ review which wasn’t as positive, but I still wonder when the droid version comes out so I can try it out with Noah. Or maybe someone would like to send me an iPad to try out all their apps in that format (hint, hint!).

David A. Carter has created  many pop-up books and I’ve been enjoying them without realizing how many were available. I’ve been a huge fan of his Jingle Bugs and Bugs in a Box sets. Now I am determined to build a complete collection of David A. Carter pop-up books.

Of course I couldn’t blog about pop-up books without mentioning Robert Sabuda,  a master of the modern pop-up books. I appreciate his links to explore pop-up books and can’t wait to share these activities with students.

I wonder who else produces pop-up books that you must have. Share, share! It is the season to give and don’t popup books make the best gifts for young and old?!


  1. How very interesting to see all this unravel. The book failed to mention the clean bot in which I could have demonstrated. Thank you for sharing the book with our friend Noah.